Activision Publishing CEO Resigns

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With Activision Blizzard embroiled in legal feuds bought on by the current and increasingly former makers of its lucrative Call of Duty franchise, Mike Griffith has resigned from his role as president and CEO of its Activision Publishing subsidiary.

Griffith's resignation, effective April 23, was revealed in filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The impetus behind his resignation was not specified, though he will stay on as vice-chairman of Activision Blizzard.

"Duties as Vice-Chairman of Activision Blizzard include participating in Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board meetings and other internal strategy sessions; providing counsel to Activision Blizzard's executive team; and providing services on key initiatives and projects, as requested by the CEO," explained the filing.

From The Chatty
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    April 28, 2010 8:18 AM

    I got excited for a few seconds there... thought bobby finally thrown in the towel

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      April 28, 2010 8:20 AM

      Still, this is interesting because it's shows that someone is taking culpability. Which means that the ex-Infinity Ward staffers may very well have some credence to their claims.

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        April 28, 2010 8:28 AM

        More like he is trying not to get caught in the incoming shitstorm.

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        April 28, 2010 8:48 AM

        Essentially he just isn't renewing his contract after june 30th,

        we have no idea at the motives, sure the coincidence is interesting but that doesn't mean he didn't have personal reasons.

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          April 28, 2010 9:35 AM

          Yeah.. well.. usually when a big guy like this resigns it because the bigshots inside the company came to him and said "look buddy... your demoted.. you screwed up.. but we'll be gentlemen about it and let you resign yourself.. so it looks a bit more graceful (and looks better for the company)."

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            April 28, 2010 9:37 AM

            Or when someone realizes that it's best not to go down with the sinking ship and decides to GTFO while he still can.

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        April 28, 2010 9:50 AM

        he could just be ripping a golden parachute and getting out of there. a lot of CEO's company hop at the first sign of trouble.

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      April 28, 2010 9:09 AM

      me too

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      April 28, 2010 10:09 AM

      Me three, but alas....

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      April 28, 2010 10:54 AM

      I'm not terribly fond of Bobby myself but I'm confused why his resignation would directly benefit you?

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        April 28, 2010 11:35 AM

        Maybe because the next head of asshatery at Activions/Blizzard might not be as much of an idiot as Kotick?

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          April 28, 2010 11:46 AM

          If I remember correctly, a lot of Activision's higher ranking people came from the breakfast cereal industry. Hence such emphasis on branding.

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            April 28, 2010 3:46 PM

            i heard if you mail in 100 box tops from modern warfare 2 you get a secret decoder ring.

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